Newcastle are being linked with Grasshoppers full-back Bruno Bertucci, according to Sky Sports.
Bruno Bertucci - Zurich Grasshoppers left-back
The 21 year-old Brazilian left-back moved to Switzerland last year, when he joined the Zurich club from his home-town club, Corinthians, based in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
While at Corinthians he also played on loan at São Caetano, Eski?ehirspor and Bragantino, and the defender has looked good this season in the Swiss Super League, and is now firmly established as the first-choice left-back at Grasshoppers.
There are a number of clubs said to be interested in the player, according to Sky Sports, and they include Aston Villa, Sunderland, Stoke and QPR, as well as Newcastle, but of those clubs Newcastle seem to be the most attractive, if indeed the Magpies are interested.
And yes, there could possibly be just a little bit of bias in that opinion.
Bruno Bertucci has played around 20 times for Grasshoppers this season, and other clubs in Europe are also said to be interested in the 5’9″ tall defender, who is naturally left-footed.
Bertucci’s British representative Chris Nathaniel has told Sky Sports there is significant interest in his client, and especially from some English clubs:
“Bruno has performed at a very high level since moving to Europe, and this has not gone unnoticed.”
“We know of a number of clubs throughout Europe, but particularly in England, who are taking a keen interest.”
Newcastle have been linked with a number of defenders in the last few months, and it is thought the Tyneside club, who are pushing for European qualification this season, will bring in a top center-back and a left-footed left-back – at a minimum this summer.
Newcastle will be bolstering their defense, as well as other positions, as they attempt to improve their squad and increase the size of it for next season, after over-achieving in the English Premier League this term.
Newcastle are also expected to bring in at least one top young defender over the summer.
Here is some video of the youngster in action:
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